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Other grants

Find out more about external grants and financial support that could help you cover the cost of your Professional Development. Check the table below for more information on requirements and application criteria:

Other grants


CCF Grant for Emerging Professionals

The Churches Conservation Foundation are excited to launch a grant scheme for young craftspeople with an interest in the conservation of religious heritage. Thanks to a generous donation from the Foundation’s Trustees, awards of between £500 and £1,000 will be granted to two young craftspeople who wish to travel to increase their knowledge and skills.

The grant will cover the following:

  • Attendance at conferences or seminars
  • Study tours
  • Short-term internships

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be under 30 years of age on April 1st 2017
  • Be training in relevant craft or traditional building skill, or recently qualified in one
  • Have a demonstrable and ongoing commitment to religious built heritage through a track record of relevant volunteering and/or study
  • Be prepared to disseminate themselves and what they learn through social media and also to provide photographs and a short report to the Trustees, which may be published in various media by the Foundation

Adrian Clark, Chair of the Foundation says

The future of our historic religious buildings depends on the passion and talents of younger generations, so it is my generation’s responsibility to nurture and develop this passion where we can.  This is why we are excited to offer this grant to young people pursuing careers in religious heritage conservation.

For more information and to read about previous winners’ experiences, see the Foundation’s website.


Heritage & Craft Funders Network

The Heritage & Crafts Funders’ Network has been set up as a result of the dialogue established between funders and beneficiaries at the first Radcliffe Trust Round Table in July 2010 and further discussions at the Radcliffe Trust /Heritage Lottery Fund joint event held on 24th March 2011.

To see the list of members and for further information see the website.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must have an ‘Asset Lock’ as part of their organisational structure which prevents the assets of a company being used for private gain (e.g. registered charities, community interest companies or other similar structures).


Jonathan Ruffer Grants

The programme is open to curators who work across the full range of fine and applied art collections in museums and galleries that hold at least provisional accreditation and are open to the public.

In addition, in recognition of the need for new skills, knowledge and research to benefit museum collections for the future, these grants are also available to researchers, art historians and academics from other relevant and related disciplines, retired curators, and other museum professionals who plan to work within and alongside museums to improve the use and understanding of their fine and applied art collections. Applications from individuals not based in a museum or gallery must be accompanied by a letter of support from an accredited, or provisionally accredited, public collection.

For more information see the website.


Plowden/Clothworkers’ Foundation CPD grants

The Clothworkers Foundation and Anna Plowden Trust work in partnership to offer Continuing Professional Development grants to conservators are based and work in the UK.  These grants enable practising conservators to take advantage of CPD opportunities by contributing towards the cost of short courses and attending conferences.

Grants can be awarded for up to £1,000 or 50% (whichever is the smaller amount) of the cost of the conference or training course.

In 2016/17 the Anna Plowden Trust  awarded 54 CPD grants enabling conservators to attend 39 conferences and courses in the UK and overseas. Many of the grantees presented papers at both national and international conferences.

All applications must be made on the Anna Plowden Trust's application form, which can be downloaded from the Trust’s website.​


The Patricia Fay Memorial Fund at The Arts Society 

The fund was established in 1981 in memory of the Founder of The Arts Society, the late Patricia Fay OBE.

For more information see the website.


Zibby Garnett Trust Grant

Zibby Garnett Trust Fund is a charity whose purpose is to give financial help to individual students and apprentices who wish to widen their knowledge of conservation and want to travel to countries outside the United Kingdom to study. The grants are intended for practical study and conservation work. Grants of between £300 and £3,000 have been awarded. A grant can meet almost all the cost of a study placement or make a contribution.

For more information see the website.


UCL ISH Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary

The Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary is available to enable heritage professionals to study on the MSc Sustainable Heritage. Up to £20,000 (to cover the cost of fees and a stipend) is available for Home applicants (as defined by UCL General Regulations) who have the offer of a place for either full-time or part-time/flexible study on this course and who intend to accept or have already firmly accepted an offer.

The Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, assessed on the information provided in the Graduate Application Form, and on financial need, assessed on the information provided in the Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary Application Form.

For more information, visit their website.


The Gabo Trust grants

The Gabo Trust supports and promotes the conservation of modern and contemporary sculpture internationally, through grants to professional conservators, post-graduate students of sculpture conservation, museums, galleries and other public collections. We aim to ensure that expertise and facilities in this field continue to develop and improve. Most grants awarded to individual conservators are under £5,000. All applications must be relevant to modern and contemporary sculpture. Apart from exceptional cases, the Gabo Trust does not award full funding: an applicant’s employer is expected to make a contribution, and freelance conservators should seek additional financial assistance from other sources. The Trust awards grants for continuing professional development; travel to attend conferences; research; conservation surveys of relevant sculpture collections; and funding towards equipment for care and safe storage.

Full details can be found on the Gabo Trust’s website.


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